Implementing Security Cooperation Reform to Maximize U.S. Competitiveness Abroad
January 11, 2017
Security cooperation enables the United States to deepen its global alliances and partnerships in pursuit of common security objectives. Ongoing changes in the geopolitical landscape and increasing public skepticism of the return on investment for security cooperation, including from President-elect Donald Trump, underscore the need for the new administration and Congress to work together to strengthen the strategic prioritization, planning, execution, and accountability of the security cooperation enterprise. Provisions in the proposed FY17 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) will further those objectives, but implementation challenges remain within the Department of Defense (DoD), across the U.S. national security system, and in the field. These reforms are critical to ensure the United States retains its competitive advantage globally through its network of alliances and partnerships.
China and Russia have expanded their security partnerships and influence globally… non-state actors move more nimbly to erode U.S. partners’ security, in ways that could diminish the U.S. competitive advantage if the United States does not reform its security cooperation efforts.
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